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Tornado Watch Being Trimmed Back

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:15

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED THE TORNADO WATCH FOR
THE FOLLOWING 9 COUNTIES

JEFFERSON SHELBY ST. CLAIR
TALLADEGA
CALHOUN CLAY CLEBURNE
PICKENS TUSCALOOSA

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALABASTER…ALICEVILLE…ANNISTON…
ASHLAND…BIRMINGHAM…CARROLLTON…COLUMBIANA…HEFLIN…
HOOVER…JACKSONVILLE…LINEVILLE…MOODY…PELHAM…PELL CITY…
SYLACAUGA…TALLADEGA AND TUSCALOOSA.

THE TORNADO WATCH REMAINS VALID UNTIL 8 AM CDT THIS MORNING FOR
THE FOLLOWING 22 COUNTIES

AUTAUGA BIBB CHILTON
COOSA DALLAS ELMORE
LOWNDES MONTGOMERY PERRY
CHAMBERS LEE MACON
RANDOLPH RUSSELL TALLAPOOSA
BARBOUR BULLOCK PIKE
GREENE HALE MARENGO
SUMTER

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALEXANDER CITY…AUBURN…BRENT…
CENTREVILLE…CLANTON…DEMOPOLIS…EUFAULA…EUTAW…
FORT DEPOSIT…GREENSBORO…LANETT…LINDEN…LIVINGSTON…
LOWNDESBORO…MARION…MILLBROOK…MONTGOMERY…MOUNDVILLE…
OPELIKA…PHENIX CITY…PRATTVILLE…ROANOKE…ROCKFORD…SELMA…
TROY…TUSKEGEE…UNION SPRINGS…UNIONTOWN…VALLEY…
WETUMPKA AND YORK.

Categories: Weather

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Lowndes County until 5:45 AM

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:08

A severe thunderstorm is impacting portions Lowndes County this morning and will impact area long Interstate 65 and Highway 31. This storm is capable of producing large hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.

It will be affecting Hayneville, Fort Deposit, and Lethohtachee. Also watch out for very heavy rainfall as well as frequent lightning.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHERN LOWNDES COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 545 AM CDT

* AT 505 AM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING
WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 10 MILES
NORTHEAST OF BUTLER SPRINGS…OR 13 MILES WEST OF FORT DEPOSIT…
AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 60 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
FORT DEPOSIT…HAYNEVILLE…LOWNDES COUNTY AIRPORT…BEECHWOOD…
LOGAN…CLOVER HILL…MOUNT WILLING AND CALHOUN.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 142 THROUGH 158…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

Categories: Weather

Widespread Flooding Occurring

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 04:50

We are still under the threat of severe weather across Central Alabama this morning. However, as the rain continues to fall across the area, we are beginning to see a lot of issues with flooding. Many areas have received 3-4 inches of rain, with radar estimates greater than 5 inches, and it continues to fall. Here are just a few of the numerous reports coming in this morning.

IN TARRANT SPRINGDALE RD DOWN TO ONE LANE DUE TO WATER RISING ABOVE BANK FULL AT VILLAGE CREEK. SEVERAL ROADS CLOSED IN TARRANT DUE TO VILLAGE CREEK RISING ABOVE BANK FULL, INCLUDING ALABAMA ST, MISSISSIPPI ST

IN HOMEWOOD EVACUATIONS AND WATER RESCUES ONGOING AT LAKESHORE GARDEN APTS. WATER GETTING INTO GROUND FLOOR APTS.

Data showing Village Creek is now 2 feet above flood stage.

Morgan Road at exit 6 off I 459 flooded. Police have road blocked off.

Major flooding in parts of Jefferson and Shelby Counties. Many roads are not passable.

Glade rd in Anniston/Saks area is underwater, creek has overflowed.

Hoover and Pelham, AL reporting major flooding issues this morning including mudslides and evacuations.

Homewood PD dispatch is saying they have a rock slide on hwy 31 mainly in VH!

MOBILE HOME PARK ON HWY 119 SURROUNDED BY RISING WATER. RESIDENTS ARE BEING EVACUATED.

FLOODING AT TALLAPOOSA ST AT I-20/59, NEAR VILLAGE CREEK.

FIVE MILE RD AT HUFFMAN RD IS BARRICADED. AVE V IN SOUTHPARK IS BARRICADED.

This flooding is occurring throughout Central Alabama. Numerous roads are closed or underwater.

The only good news is that the back edge of the rain is now approaching the Birmingham Metro, so we should begin to see slow improvements.

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Flash Flood Emergency Jefferson/Shelby/Bibb Counties until 7:30 AM

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 04:35

…FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR SHELBY…JEFFERSON AND NORTHERN BIBB
COUNTIES…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
NORTHERN BIBB COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
SHELBY COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 730 AM CDT

* AT 427 AM CDT…EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED MAJOR FLOODING AND
NUMEROUS HIGH WATER RESCUES IN PROGRESS. THUNDERSTORMS WILL
CONTINUE ACROSS THE WARNED AREA WITH ANOTHER 1 TO 2 INCHES OF
RAINFALL POSSIBLE.

THIS IS A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR SHELBY…JEFFERSON AND NORTHERN
BIBB COUNTIES.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
ALABASTER…BESSEMER…BIRMINGHAM…CENTREVILLE…CHELSEA…
FAIRFIELD…FULTONDALE…GARDENDALE…HELENA…HOMEWOOD…HOOVER…
HUEYTOWN…IRONDALE…LEEDS…MONTEVALLO…MOUNTAIN BROOK…
PELHAM…VESTAVIA HILLS…ALTON…AMERICAN VILLAGE…BIRMINGHAM
AIRPORT…BIRMINGHAM FAIRGOUNDS…BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN COLLEGE…
BLUFF PARK… AND BRIGHTON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND NOW. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND LIFE
THREATENING SITUATION. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL UNLESS YOU ARE
FLEEING AN AREA SUBJECT TO FLOODING OR UNDER AN EVACUATION ORDER.

Categories: Weather

Flash Flood Warning Clay/Cleburne/Randolph Counties until 9:30 AM

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 03:26

Very heavy rainfall continues to fall across much of Central Alabama this morning. Watch out for rapidly rising waters as well as flood roadways. The rain will continue to fall for several more hours and an additional 1-3 inches of rain will be possible.

This warning includes locations along Interstate 20 and Highway 431, including Heflin, Wedowee, Roanoke, Ashland and Lineville.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
CLAY COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
CLEBURNE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
RANDOLPH COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 930 AM CDT

* AT 323 AM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL MOVING OVER THE SAME AREAS
THAT HAVE ALREADY OBSERVED 1 TO 3 INCHES OF RAINFALL OVER THE LAST
FEW HOURS. AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 3 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED OVER THE
NEXT SEVERAL HOURS…AND FLASH FLOODING WILL BE LIKELY AS SOILS
HAVE BECOME COMPLETELY SATURATED.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
ASHLAND…HEFLIN…LAKE WEDOWEE…LINEVILLE…ROANOKE…WEDOWEE…
ABERNATHY…BARFIELD…CORINTH…CRYSTAL LAKE…DELTA…
EDWARDSVILLE…FOSTERS CROSS ROADS…FRUITHURST…MALONE…MARS
HILLS…MORRISON CROSS ROADS…MOUNT CHEAHA…MUSCADINE…
RANBURNE…WADLEY AND WOODLAND.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATENING FLOODING SITUATION.
YOU SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL. STAY HOME UNLESS YOU ARE FORCED TO
EVACUATE TO HIGHER GROUND.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE
WARNED AREA.

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL
CREEKS AND STREAMS…HIGHWAYS AND UNDERPASSES. ADDITIONALLY…
COUNTRY ROADS AND FARMLANDS ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS…STREAMS AND
OTHER LOW LYING AREAS ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING.

BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE
DANGERS OF FLOODING. IF FLASH FLOODING IS OBSERVED ACT QUICKLY. DO
NOT ENTER THE WATER. TURN AROUND AND MOVE UP TO HIGHER GROUND TO
ESCAPE FLOOD WATERS. DO NOT STAY IN AREAS SUBJECT TO FLOODING WHEN
WATER BEGINS RISING.

A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING.
IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNING AREA MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY.
RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG STREAMS AND CREEKS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE
PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS
SWIFTLY FLOWING WATERS OR WATERS OF UNKNOWN DEPTH BY FOOT OR BY
AUTOMOBILE.

Categories: Weather

Tornado Warning Dallas County until 3:45 AM

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 03:14

Another strong thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is moving northeast across Dallas County. The city of Selma is included in this warning along with Valley Grande, and Tyler.

Be careful driving along U.S. 80 and state highways 22 and 14. The strongest circulation is moving across the eastern part of Dallas County.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
NORTHEASTERN DALLAS COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 345 AM CDT

* AT 311 AM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED NEAR OLD CAHABA PARK…OR 8 MILES SOUTH OF SELMONT-WEST
SELMONT…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
SELMONT-WEST SELMONT…SELMA…VALLEY GRANDE…MEMORIAL STADIUM…
TYLER…GARDNER ISLAND…BURNSVILLE…CRAIG FIELD AIPORT…SELMA
DRAG STRIP AND EDMUND PETTUS BRIDGE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TAKE COVER NOW. FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE
LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING.

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Tornado Warning Bibb and Perry Counties until 3:30 AM

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 03:02

This dangerous storm is racing off towards the northeast. Locations along Highway 82 and 5 will be impacted by this storm.

If you are in Brent, Centreville, Heiberger, and Lawley, you need to take shelter now. Along with the tornado threat, damaging winds, large hail, and flooding could accompany this storm.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN BIBB COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
NORTHERN PERRY COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 330 AM CDT

* AT 259 AM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED 7 MILES NORTHWEST OF MARION…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT
50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
BRENT…CENTREVILLE…HEIBERGER…HARRISBURG…WEST CENTREVILLE…
TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST…LAWLEY…ASHBY…BRIERFIELD IRONWORKS
PARK AND ELLARDS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TAKE COVER NOW. FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE
LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING.

Categories: Weather

Confirmed Tornado Southwest of Meridian

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 02:29

A confirmed tornado is being reported on the ground and causing damage in Mississippi this morning. Numerous reports of damage and debris associated with this storm as it races off towards the northeast at 55 mph. Trees and power lines are down on Highway 49.

It passed just to the north of the city of Collins, and it very close to the city of Taylorsville. It it moving out of Smith County and into Jasper County. We will be watching this storm carefully as it will be approaching Alabama in the next hour.

Categories: Weather

Tornado Watch for Central Alabama until 8 AM

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 01:17

New tornado watch is valid until 8 AM. It includes locations along and south of Interstate 20 including Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Anniston, Clanton, Montgomery, Auburn, and Demopolis.

Low level shear is increasing as the warm front lifts north. Warm front is currently along U.S. Highway 80 across the Black Belt Region of Alabama. Front will continue to lift north and will bring with the increasing threat of severe weather, that includes tornadoes, large hail, damaging winds, and flooding.

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL ALABAMA
WESTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA
SOUTHERN AND EASTERN MISSISSIPPI
COASTAL WATERS

* EFFECTIVE THIS MONDAY MORNING FROM 115 AM UNTIL 800 AM CDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE…
SEVERAL TORNADOES LIKELY WITH A FEW INTENSE TORNADOES POSSIBLE
SEVERAL DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE
A FEW LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 1.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 95 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 10 MILES EAST OF BIRMINGHAM
ALABAMA TO 45 MILES SOUTHEAST OF NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA. FOR A
COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE
UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU6).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

REMEMBER…A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA THE WATCH INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES:

AUTAUGA BIBB CHILTON
COOSA DALLAS ELMORE
JEFFERSON LOWNDES MONTGOMERY
PERRY SHELBY ST. CLAIR
TALLADEGA
CALHOUN CHAMBERS CLAY
CLEBURNE LEE MACON
RANDOLPH RUSSELL TALLAPOOSA
BARBOUR BULLOCK PIKE
GREENE HALE MARENGO
PICKENS SUMTER TUSCALOOSA

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALABASTER…ALEXANDER CITY…
ALICEVILLE…ANNISTON…ASHLAND…AUBURN…BIRMINGHAM…BRENT…
CARROLLTON…CENTREVILLE…CLANTON…COLUMBIANA…DEMOPOLIS…
EUFAULA…EUTAW…FORT DEPOSIT…GREENSBORO…HEFLIN…HOOVER…
JACKSONVILLE…LANETT…LINDEN…LINEVILLE…LIVINGSTON…
LOWNDESBORO…MARION…MILLBROOK…MONTGOMERY…MOODY…
MOUNDVILLE…OPELIKA…PELHAM…PELL CITY…PHENIX CITY…
PRATTVILLE…ROANOKE…ROCKFORD…SELMA…SYLACAUGA…TALLADEGA…
TROY…TUSCALOOSA…TUSKEGEE…UNION SPRINGS…UNIONTOWN…
VALLEY…WETUMPKA AND YORK.

Categories: Weather

Flash Flood Warning Bibb/Calhoun/Hale/Shelby/St. Clair/Talladega Counties until 7AM

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:59

A line of very heavy rain continues to move across these areas. Expect several inches of rain to fall within this band of showers and storms. Numerous areas are seeing rapid rise in water levels and reports coming in of flooding. Several more hours of very heavy rain will occur and conditions will only deteriorate the rest of tonight.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
BIBB COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
CALHOUN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
HALE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SHELBY COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
ST. CLAIR COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
TALLADEGA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 700 AM CDT

* AT 1255 AM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL MOVING OVER THE SAME AREAS
THAT HAVE ALREADY OBSERVED 1 TO 3 INCHES OF RAINFALL OVER THE LAST
FEW HOURS. AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 3 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT
SEVERAL HOURS…AND FLASH FLOODING WILL BE LIKELY AS SOILS HAVE
BECOME COMPLETELY SATURATED.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
ALABASTER…ANNISTON…BRENT…CALERA…CENTREVILLE…CHELSEA…
CHILDERSBURG…COBB TOWN…COLUMBIANA…FORT MCCLELLAN…
GREENSBORO…HELENA…JACKSONVILLE…MONTEVALLO…MOODY…
ODENVILLE…OXFORD…PELHAM…PELL CITY…PIEDMONT…SAKS…
SPRINGVILLE…SYLACAUGA…TALLADEGA…TALLADEGA SPRINGS…WEST
END-COBB TOWN…WILSONVILLE…AKRON…ALEXANDRIA AND ALPINE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION. RAINFALL FROM PERSISTENT RAINBANDS
WILL PRODUCE FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS AND ALONG STREETS. MANY
ROADS WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER AND DRIVING IS NOT RECOMMENDED
DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE
WARNED AREA.

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL
CREEKS AND STREAMS…HIGHWAYS AND UNDERPASSES. ADDITIONALLY…
COUNTRY ROADS AND FARMLANDS ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS…STREAMS AND
OTHER LOW LYING AREAS ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING.

BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE
DANGERS OF FLOODING. IF FLASH FLOODING IS OBSERVED ACT QUICKLY. DO
NOT ENTER THE WATER. TURN AROUND AND MOVE UP TO HIGHER GROUND TO
ESCAPE FLOOD WATERS. DO NOT STAY IN AREAS SUBJECT TO FLOODING WHEN
WATER BEGINS RISING.

A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING.
IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNING AREA MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY.
RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG STREAMS AND CREEKS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE
PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS
SWIFTLY FLOWING WATERS OR WATERS OF UNKNOWN DEPTH BY FOOT OR BY
AUTOMOBILE.

Categories: Weather

New Tornado Watch Coming Soon

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:56

AREAS AFFECTED…CNTRL/SRN AL…SERN MS…SERN LA

CONCERNING…SEVERE POTENTIAL…WATCH NEEDED SOON

VALID 070550Z – 070615Z

PROBABILITY OF WATCH ISSUANCE…95 PERCENT

SUMMARY…A NEW TORNADO WATCH REPLACING TORNADO WATCH 65 WILL BE
ISSUED SHORTLY.

DISCUSSION…SLY WINDS IN ADVANCE OF A SFC CYCLONE ANALYZED SW OF
JACKSON MS METRO WILL DRIVE MARITIME TROPICAL AIR/MARGINAL BUOYANCY
NWD INTO ACROSS CNTRL AL. THE APPROACH OF A SHORTWAVE TROUGH WILL
ENCOURAGE THE EWD/ENEWD SPREAD OF ONGOING SVR THREAT ACROSS CNTRL MS
TO S-CNTRL LA. THIS WILL OCCUR AS A 60-KT LLJ IS SUSTAINED. STRONG
LOW-LEVEL AND DEEP SHEAR WILL FOSTER A TORNADO THREAT WITH
SEMI-DISCRETE/QLCS CONVECTIVE MODES. THE TORNADO RISK WILL CONTINUE
THROUGH THE EARLY MORNING HOURS…WARRANTING SUBSEQUENT TORNADO
WATCH ISSUANCE.

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A Late night Look at the Alabama Weather Situation

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 23:52

There still is a significant threat of severe weather overnight across Central Alabama.

An impressive 850 millibar jet is acting like a firehose tonight, pouring warm, moist air into West Central Alabama from Mississippi.

This area of inbound warmth and moisture is resulting in widespread heavy rain and thunderstorms over West Central Alabama. The storms have produced some wind damage in places like Pickens and western Tuscaloosa Counties, as well as Marengo County. Numerous trees were reported down along US-82 near Buhl.

They have also triggered a flash flood warning for four counties in West Central Alabama including Greene, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa Counties where radar estimates show 2-3 inches of rain had probably fallen. A flash flood warning was just issued for Fayette, Jefferson, Lamar and Walker Counties until 5:30 AM CDT.

The flash flood watch continues for Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Marion, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston Counties until 1:00 PM CDT Monday.

As of 11:50 p.m. tonight, there were no severe thunderstorm warnings nationally, but that will change.

The warm, moist airmass the jet is bringing north will eventually lead to significant instability, especially over southwestern and North Central Alabama. Right now, all of the surface based CAPE is limited to counties near the coast.

This will change rapidly over the next few hours as the jet continues to pump in the warm, moist air.

The upper level trough is becoming more negative in its orientation. The negative orientation increases the severe weather threat as colder air aloft is able to destabilize the atmosphere. It also increases the amount of wind shear present as well.

Finally, the wind shear over Alabama is significant.

0-1km helicity is very high over western sections of Alabama. If that hangs in there until the instability arrives, it will enhance the threat of severe weather. Bulk shear numbers are high as well, meaning storms will have no trouble getting and staying organized.

WATCHING RADAR

Supercell storms over Louisiana and Mississippi are triggering severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings. The storms will push northeast into Central Alabama later tonight. If they encounter an airmass with a moderate amount of instability and the current high shear, there will be problems.

IN SUMMARY
Where the instability values can reach 750 j/kg or more overnight, there will be a significantly enhanced threat of severe weather because of the shear. The SPC just noted that there is a 60% chance they will issue a watch for Central Alabama soon. Here is the MCD Graphic:

Categories: Weather

Flash Flood Warning Jefferson/Walker/Fayette/Lamar Counties until 5:30 AM

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 23:24

Heavy rainfall continues to fall across Central Alabama. Several inches of rain has fallen and during the overnight hours several more inches of rain are expected. This warning does include Jasper, Fayette, Vernon, and downtown Birmingham.

Please use caution traveling along all roads including Interstate 20, 22, 59, 65, and 459. Do not drive through flooded roadways…TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN>

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
WALKER COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 530 AM CDT MONDAY

* AT 1115 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL MOVING OVER THE SAME AREAS
THAT HAVE ALREADY OBSERVED 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAINFALL OVER THE LAST
48 HOURS. AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 3 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT
SIX HOURS AS MORE RAINFALL SPREADS NORTHEASTWARD FROM SOUTHERN
MISSISSIPPI…AND FLASH FLOODING WILL BE LIKELY AS SOILS HAVE BECOME
COMPLETELY SATURATED.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
BESSEMER…BIRMINGHAM…CARBON HILL…CORDOVA…FAIRFIELD…
FAYETTE…FULTONDALE…GARDENDALE..HOMEWOOD…HOOVER…JASPER…
AND VERNON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION. RAINFALL FROM PERSISTENT RAINBANDS
WILL PRODUCE FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS AND ALONG STREETS. MANY
ROADS WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER AND DRIVING IS NOT RECOMMENDED
DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE
WARNED AREA.

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL
CREEKS AND STREAMS…URBAN AREAS…HIGHWAYS…STREETS AND UNDERPASSES
AS WELL AS OTHER DRAINAGE AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS.

BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE
DANGERS OF FLOODING. IF FLASH FLOODING IS OBSERVED ACT QUICKLY. DO
NOT ENTER THE WATER. TURN AROUND AND MOVE UP TO HIGHER GROUND TO
ESCAPE FLOOD WATERS. DO NOT STAY IN AREAS SUBJECT TO FLOODING WHEN
WATER BEGINS RISING.

A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING.
IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNING AREA MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY.
RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG STREAMS AND CREEKS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE
PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS
SWIFTLY FLOWING WATERS OR WATERS OF UNKNOWN DEPTH BY FOOT OR BY
AUTOMOBILE.

Categories: Weather

Flash Flood Warning Greene/Sumter/Pickens/Tuscaloosa Counties until 4:30 AM

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 22:32

Very heavy rain has been falling across the areas the last few hours as stronger storms have moved through recently. At least 2-3 inches of rain have fallen in these areas and it will continue to do so through the overnight hours.

This warning includes Tuscaloosa, Northport, Eutaw, Reform, Carrollton, Livingston, and York. Watch out for flooding to be possibly impacting Interstate 20/59, U.S. 11, 80 and 82, as well as all the smaller state and county roads in these areas. Remember to TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN if you encounter water of the roadway.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
GREENE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SUMTER COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 430 AM CDT MONDAY

* AT 1029 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL MOVING OVER THE SAME AREAS
THAT HAVE ALREADY OBSERVED 2 TO 3 INCHES OF RAINFALL OVER THE LAST
48 HOURS. AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 3 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT
SIX HOURS AS MORE RAINFALL SPREADS NORTHEASTWARD FROM SOUTHERN
MISSISSIPPI…AND FLASH FLOODING WILL BE LIKELY AS SOILS HAVE BECOME
COMPLETELY SATURATED.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
ALICEVILLE…CARROLLTON…EUTAW…GORDO…
LIVINGSTON…NORTHPORT…TUSCALOOSA…BEVILL LOCK AND
DAM…BROOKWOOD…COALING…AND ETHELSVILLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION. RAINFALL FROM PERSISTENT RAINBANDS
WILL PRODUCE FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS AND ALONG STREETS. MANY
ROADS WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER AND DRIVING IS NOT RECOMMENDED
DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE
WARNED AREA.

BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE
DANGERS OF FLOODING. IF FLASH FLOODING IS OBSERVED ACT QUICKLY. DO
NOT ENTER THE WATER. TURN AROUND AND MOVE UP TO HIGHER GROUND TO
ESCAPE FLOOD WATERS. DO NOT STAY IN AREAS SUBJECT TO FLOODING WHEN
WATER BEGINS RISING.

A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING.
IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNING AREA MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY.
RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG STREAMS AND CREEKS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE
PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS
SWIFTLY FLOWING WATERS OR WATERS OF UNKNOWN DEPTH BY FOOT OR BY
AUTOMOBILE.

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Strong Storm Approaching Birmingham Metro

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 22:00

This storm has been weakening as it moves across northern Tuscaloosa County. It is currently below severe limits, but is producing gusty winds, hail, and very heavy rainfall. The storms this evening have been pulsing up and down in intensity and we certainly could see this storm intensify again and reach severe limits.

It is moving in to western portions of Jefferson County now and should be approaching downtown by 10:30 PM. Much of the city will be impacted by this storm.

…SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SOUTHEASTERN WALKER AND WESTERN
JEFFERSON COUNTIES UNTIL 1030 PM CDT…

AT 948 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WAS TRACKING A STRONG
THUNDERSTORM 5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF BANKHEAD LOCK AND DAM…OR 11 MILES
NORTHEAST OF HOLT…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

WIND GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH THIS STORM…ALONG WITH
HEAVY RAIN AND FREQUENT DANGEROUS LIGHTNING.

LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH OF THIS STORM INCLUDE…
HUEYTOWN…
CORDOVA…
FAIRFIELD…
DORA…
NORTH JOHNS…

TORRENTIAL RAIN…WHICH MAY FLOOD LOW LYING AREAS SUCH AS DITCHES AND
UNDERPASSES…IS ALSO LIKELY. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE ON A FLOODED
ROADWAY.

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Some Damage Reports

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 21:52

The thunderstorm moving across northern Tuscaloosa County has produced quite a bit a damage in Pickens and Tuscaloosa Counties.

U.S. 82 eastbound just past Sipsey bridges is completely blocked by down tree. Westbound right lane is blocked, but you can pass on the left lane and median.

TREES AND POWER LINE DOWN ALL ALONG US 82 NEAR BUHL. ALSO A TREE FELL ON A MOBILE HOME JUST OFF HWY 140.

STRONG WINDS DOWNED SEVERAL LARGE TREES ALONG THE ROAD FROM ALICEVILLE TO CARROLTON.

Hail the size of pennies and dimes has been widely reported with this storm as well.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Tuscaloosa County until 10 PM

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 21:08

UPDATE: There is a growing concern of significant wind damage will be possible with this storm. Power outages are being reported as well as trees being blown down. Structural damage is also being reported around Elrod.

An intense storm is moving into Tuscaloosa County from Pickens County. The warning covers much of the county and includes the cities of Tuscaloosa, Northport, Samantha, and Brookwood. This also includes the campus of the University of Alabama.

Travel along U.S. 82, 69, and 11 will be impacted, as well as Interstate 20/59, highway 69 and 216. This storm has produced hail of 1.25″ in diameter over Mississippi and continues to show a very strong updraft that will support large hail. Damaging winds are a threat as well with this storm.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 1000 PM CDT

* AT 906 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND
DESTRUCTIVE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 7
MILES SOUTHWEST OF GORDO…AND MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
NORTHPORT…TUSCALOOSA…HOLT…COKER…LAKE LURLEEN STATE PARK…
SHELTON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE…TUSCALOOSA AMPHITHEATER AND
BRYANT DENNY STADIUM.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 68 THROUGH 97…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS STORM…PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR LARGE
HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER…
PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING AND AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS ALSO OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM…AND MAY LEAD
TO FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED
ROADWAYS.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Pickens County until 9:30 PM

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:42

Hail is a threat with this storm, but we are also seeing some bowing segments within the line which means that damaging winds will be a threat. This warning covers almost the entire county.

Use caution driving along U.S. Highway 82, as well as State Highways 14, 17, & 86. Reform, Gordo, Carrollton, Aliceville, and Pickensville are in the path of this storm.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 930 PM CDT

* AT 840 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM
PICKENSVILLE TO 8 MILES NORTHWEST OF PANOLA…AND MOVING EAST AT 45
MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
PICKENSVILLE…ALICEVILLE…CARROLLTON…REFORM…GORDO…BEVILL
LOCK AND DAM…GARDEN AND MCMULLEN.

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…CONTACT YOUR NEAREST LAW ENFORCEMENT
AGENCY. THEY WILL RELAY YOUR REPORT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
IN BIRMINGHAM.

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS ALSO OCCURRING WITH THESE STORMS…AND MAY
LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED
ROADWAYS.

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Possible Watch for Central Alabama

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:15

For the next few hours, we will see an increasing threat for large hail with thunderstorms that are developing across the area. We may see a severe thunderstorm watch issued for parts of Central Alabama. Heading through the overnight hours as the warm front lifts north, we may see the need for a tornado watch to be issued as well.

AREAS AFFECTED…NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI AND CENTRAL ALABAMA

CONCERNING…SEVERE POTENTIAL…WATCH POSSIBLE

VALID 070102Z – 070300Z

PROBABILITY OF WATCH ISSUANCE…40 PERCENT

SUMMARY…THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE ACROSS NORTHERN
MISSISSIPPI AND CENTRAL ALABAMA. ISOLATED LARGE HAIL WILL BE THE
PRIMARY THREAT THROUGH THE EVENING HOURS. A TORNADO THREAT MAY
DEVELOP LATE IN THE EVENING AS THE SURFACE WARM FRONT APPROACHES.

DISCUSSION…SURFACE BASED THUNDERSTORMS CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN
COVERAGE SOUTH OF A SURFACE WARM FRONT STRETCHED ACROSS SOUTHERN
LOUISIANA EASTWARD INTO THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE. THE PREDOMINANT STORM
MOTION WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE THESE STORMS NORTHEASTWARD /NORTH OF
THE WARM FRONT/…WITH A TRANSITION FROM SURFACE BASED TO ELEVATED
WITH NORTHWARD EXTENT. GIVEN THE STRONG DEEP-LAYER SHEAR /AT OR
ABOVE 50 KTS/ AND INCREASING MUCAPE…THE POTENTIAL FOR ISOLATED
ELEVATED SUPERCELLS WILL EXIST THROUGH THE EVENING. GIVEN THE
ELEVATED NATURE OF THE CONVECTION…ISOLATED LARGE HAIL WILL BE THE
PREDOMINANT THREAT.

LATER THIS EVENING…INTO THE OVERNIGHT…THE SURFACE WARM FRONT IS
EXPECTED TO APPROACH THE AREA. AS THIS OCCURS…THE POTENTIAL FOR
SURFACE-BASED CONVECTION WILL INCREASE. IF SURFACE-BASED CONVECTION
IS REALIZED THE THREAT FOR TORNADOES WOULD CONSEQUENTLY
INCREASE…REQUIRING THE ISSUANCE OF A TORNADO WATCH

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Tornado Watch for Southwestern Alabama

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:02

The weather conditions are beginning to deteriorate along the Northern Gulf Coast this evening. The low pressure is beginning to intensify and is now allowing the warm front to move north. This will allow instability to build in across the Gulf Coast area. Add that to the very dynamic system and we are seeing the stage set for severe weather. Tornadoes, large hail, and damaging winds are likely across the region as we head through the overnight hours.

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
SOUTHERN ALABAMA
WESTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE
EASTERN LOUISIANA
SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI
COASTAL WATERS

* EFFECTIVE THIS SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY MORNING FROM 655 PM
UNTIL 300 AM CDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE…
SEVERAL TORNADOES LIKELY WITH A FEW INTENSE TORNADOES POSSIBLE
SEVERAL DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE
A FEW LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 1.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 85 STATUTE
MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 25 MILES WEST NORTHWEST OF
BATON ROUGE LOUISIANA TO 30 MILES NORTH OF CRESTVIEW FLORIDA.
FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH
OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU5).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

REMEMBER…A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

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